John Baird: Mr. SPEAKER, BUT I HAVE IN MY Hand a picture of the member for malpeque with a cheque " -- "a cheque for kensington" his smiling face, and the grand recipient. I have it right here, Mr. SPEAKER. I'd be pleased to table it right after question period.
John Baird: We have the member for malpeque, his picture signing a cheque. We have the member for richmond hill. He's actually signed the CHEQUE, Mr. SPEAKER. The liberal member for richmond hill and we also have the liberal member for scarborough-agincourt, Mr. SPEAKER. If any more of them want to stand up, I've got plenty more.
It was pretty hard to see the photos, what with Baird waving them and the smoke coming out of his forever flaring nostrils. However, we find out later that the Conservative war room has really come up dry, because said photos actually demonstrate that Conservative practice is unprecedented, NO party logos, NO MP names in big lettering, just the standard big cheque. So, in some misguided attempt to hurl mud at the Liberals, Baird actually highlighted the Conservatives singular behavior.
The fact Baird was reduced to elevating NOTHINGNESS is telling. The fact the Conservatives have scoured years of previous government photos and come up with this weak effort is just sad. The fact the Conservatives didn't realize that offering such a weak presentation only served to further magnify their slippery slope, well that's just amusing. Way to go Mr. Baird, you just proved by OMISSION that your hyper-partisanship is without peer!
In fairness, maybe the PMO has been distracted the last couple days, clearing government websites of unflattering linkage and whatnot, so this might not be their best work ;)